In Gen Rawat’s demise an unprecedented question for govt on succession


New Delhi, Dec 09: The tragic death of Chief of Defence Staff, General Bipin Rawat has left a nation in mourning.

General Rawat became India’s first CDS, following a historic announcement made by Prime Minister Narendra Modi about the creation of the post during his Independence Day address.

General Rawat who retired on December 31 2019 after completing his three year tenure took over as the CDS. The government had amended the Army, Air Force and Navy rules to allow the CDS to serve till the age of 65. General Rawat turned 63 in March 2021 and this meant he still had another two years in service.

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